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Premier Blaine Higgs speaking at the 2023 State of the Province address. Image: Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

N.B. premier’s dissatisfaction rate climbs to 65%: survey

By Brad Perry May 25, 2023 | 6:23 AM

More New Brunswickers are expressing dissatisfaction with the performance of the Higgs government, according to a new survey.

Narrative Research said 65 per cent of those surveyed said they are currently dissatisfied, up from 56 per cent in February.

Just over three-in-10 respondents are satisfied with the government’s overall performance compared with 37 per cent.

While a majority of people are dissatisfied across all regions of the province, the numbers were higher in the north.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals remain neck-and-neck in terms of voting intentions.

The survey found 34 per cent support for the PCs (down from 37 per cent), 34 per cent for the Liberals (down from 35 per cent), 19 per cent for the Green Party (up from 17 per cent), 10 per cent for the NDP (up from nine per cent) and two per cent for the People’s Alliance (unchanged).

Support for the Liberals is highest in the north while the Tories have the highest support in the south, according to the survey.

The quarterly survey also found that Susan Holt of the Liberal Party leads as most preferred for premier at 25 per cent, up from 23 per cent.

Eighteen per cent prefer PC leader Blaine Higgs (down from 22 per cent), 17 per cent prefer Green Party leader David Coon (up from 15 per cent), five per cent prefer Rick DeSaulniers of the People’s Alliance (down from seven per cent) and five per cent prefer interim NDP leader Alex White (unchanged).

A total of 400 adult New Brunswickers took part in a telephone survey between May 3 and 17. Overall results are accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

You can view the full survey results by clicking here.


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